Władek Wiecheć was a very active and dedicated leader of the Northwick branch of the scouts.


In the late 50s and 60s the Polish scout and guide movement was the largest Polish youth organisation in the British Isles.The headquarters of the movement was in London with local district organisations. Our district in the Midlands was based in Swindon.  At that time both scouts and guides were in the same district  "Hufiec Szczecin". In later years the scouts stayed as "Hufiec Szczesin" and the Guides took on the name "Bałtyk"


In door camp fire and sing-a-long held in the main hall in Northwick camp 1962

Beside the normal weekly scout and guide meetings in Northwick Park Camp the troop had contacts with other Polish scout groups in the area and often met up at camp fires and official celebrations. Parades and camp fire were were held usually held outdoors but if the weather was bad we had the use of the main hall in the camp.


Zosia Kania, Teresa Bojarska Janka Strach Regina Fiedośuk 1963


Northwick Scouts and guides with Fr. E Rytko.

Marching back from a service held in the chapel in Northwick




In the 50s  60s and 70s there where two Polish Boarding Schools in England one for girls in Pitsford in Northampton by the Nazareth Nuns and the other for boys in Fawley Court, Henley on Thames, run by the Marian Brothers. Annual gatherings of Poles from all parts of Britain were held at these schools. The largest gathering  was,  at Whitsun in Fawley Court.

For the scouts and guides this was a three day event under canvas and our duty was to be marshals  these events and at the end tidy up the sits.

Parade and camp fire held at the end of the Polish gathering in Fawley Court


"Hufiec Szczecin" has a permanent camp site located in South Wales on the river Wye


Close to St. Briavels, by the river Wye in South Wales, stands in its own grounds a country house which became an outward bound base for outdoor activities and camping for all guides and scouts from the company "Hufiec Szczecin" We spent many very happy camping holidays there. The house and grounds are still enjoyed by many Polish scouting groups to this day.


Camp kitchen manned by Regina Fiedosiuk 1960

 In the camp kitchen, Krysia Starosielec1962

Cutting up logs Maciej Pstrokoński and Tadek Strach helped by Regina Fiedosiuk and Hanka Pstrokońska.1962


Inka Tunikowska and Regina Fiedosiuk 1960

Scouts parading  through the grounds of the scout camp in picturesque Wales.

Hanka Martynowicz and fellow guides 1960


 Many thanks to Regina Danyluk  Rysiak Sozanski and Edmund Balawajder or providing the photographs on this page.



Northwick Park